Publish or Perish

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Publish or Perish

Perceived Benefits versus Unintended Consequences, Second Edition

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9781035307791 Edward Elgar Publishing
Imad A. Moosa, Adjunct Professor of Finance, Ton Duc Thang University, Vietnam
Publication Date: 2024 ISBN: 978 1 03530 779 1 Extent: 278 pp
In this thoroughly revised second edition of Publish or Perish, Imad A. Moosa extends and develops his analysis of the continual pressure to publish research which plagues the academic sphere. Perceptive and provocative, the book identifies the duress placed upon academics to either publish their work regularly or face the negative consequences, ranging from a lack of promotion to redundancy.

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In this thoroughly revised second edition of Publish or Perish, Imad A. Moosa extends and develops his analysis of the continual pressure to publish research which plagues the academic sphere. Perceptive and provocative, the book identifies the duress placed upon academics to either publish their work regularly or face the negative consequences, ranging from a lack of promotion to redundancy.

Arguing that the ‘Publish or Perish’ doctrine is the result of globalisation and the neoliberal concept of higher education as a private good, new sections in this second edition cover issues such as editorial misconduct and incompetence, the use of artificial intelligence as a conduit to misconduct and academics suffering psychological and emotional damage. Publish or Perish outlines the overwhelmingly negative unintended consequences stemming from the pressure to publish research, proposing both radical and moderate solutions to address these problems.

This highly prescient book will be a crucial read for students, academics and researchers across disciplines worldwide. It will no doubt also be of interest to non-university researchers, university administrators, policy makers and government officials operating within the fields of higher education, science and technology.
Critical Acclaim
Acclaim for the first edition:

‘I know of no other work on the subject that collates and curates such a vast armamentarium of depressing, condemning data. Yes, to read this book is to be presented with example after astonishing example of situations that make the reader question, ultimately, how knowledge – which is, after all, what is at stake – manages to advance in the current academic environment.’
– Steven E. Gump, Princeton University, US

‘I found Moosa’s work to be commendable. This work is an interesting evaluation of modern academia and the problems within the system. I therefore recommend it to all academics.’
– Marita Carnelley, North-West University, South Africa

‘Publish or Perish is not a cheerful book, but it is one that all academics should read and consider.’
– James Hartley, University of Keele, UK

‘Professor Moosa describes in vivid terms the practical immediate effects and longer-term underlying faults of this [POP] system.’
– Hugh David, R+D Hastings, UK
Contents
Contents:
Preface to the second edition
1 Publish or perish: origin, evolution and conceptual issues
2 Publish or perish: ideological foundations and perceived
benefits
3 Consequences of POP: research quality and dissemination
of knowledge
4 Consequences of POP: biases and emotional damage
5 Consequences of POP: the journal industry and authorship
pattern
6 Consequences of POP: research misconduct (part 1)
7 Consequences of POP: research misconduct (part 2)
8 The peer review process
9 The ranking craze: journals
10 The ranking craze: universities
11 The way forward
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